Can anybody define ‘harmony’ in Aristotle’s Poetics?
Aristotle never seems to define ‘harmony’. Does it mean a regular rhythm or literally, harmony? Please tell me the real definition if its not any of these.
Answer by a3strangequarks
I’m taking a stab at this after just quickly perusing the Poetics online. It seems that he means harmony as it means in song, a secondary tune harmonizing with the melody. He talks about harmony in poetry, and that may mean a subtheme running through the poem that complements the main theme of the poem. But he never really spells that out. The fact that it was in quotes in the translation I read online might mean that it’s being translated from a Greek word that has more meaning than what English ascribes to the word.
Found this on Wikipedia:
In Ancient Greek music, the term was used to define the combination of contrasted elements: a higher and lower note.  ^ Dahlhaus, Carl. “Harmony”, Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed 24 February 2007), grovemusic.com (subscription access).
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